As an outside with decided views it seems to me that in JOLLYBLOGGER: Do [North] American Christians too easily assume their surrounding culture is Christian? David completely misses the point of the original article: Toward Hope: Rodney Clapp asks Eugene Peterson a Question….
David, tries to divide the US (and yes there do seem to be two Americas, one blue and one red) and the goes on to claim that one part of America is Christian and that this:
Do [North] American Christians too easily assume their surrounding culture is Christian?
We do. It is useful to listen to people who come into our culture
from other cultures, to pay attention to what they hear and what they
see. In my experience, they don’t see a Christian land. If you listen
to a Solzhenitsyn or Bishop Tutu,
or university students from Africa or South America, they don’t see a
Christian land. They see something almost the reverse of a Christian
does not apply to just one half of America.
Maybe I am not reading David properly, but it appears to me that he believes that this description only applies to the blue America and that the other part, as the Christian remnant had better get moving. If I have understood David right then I for one wish to make it clear that I do not accept this view. I think Eugene Peterson’s points are far more widely valid than that. I totally reject the republican American premise that to be Christian is to be republican.
Mind you I also completely accept that many of Eugene Peterson’s claims can be raised against us in the UK.